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PostPosted: 23 Apr 2019, 09:48 
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23 April

1918
General Information
Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor, a South African pilot flying a SE-5A, whilst serving in the Royal Flying Corp (World War 1), shot-down a German Fokker DR1. This was his 10th conformed kill.

1941
Aircraft Deliveries
Hind (3001)
Sorties
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew two intercept missions (unsuccessful) and four Combat Air Patrols.
51 Flight. A Ju-52 conducted an Air Support mission from Nairobi to Khartoum and back.

1944
Accidents and Losses
17 Squadron
A Ventura (JT812), crashed due to multiple engine failure.

1945
Sorties
22 Squadron
The Squadron (based at Gibraltar), successfully conducted a ‘Contra-Ban’ Interdiction sortie, aimed at interdicting a ship, ‘M/V SAC8’ at position 35:31 North 06:48 West.
Accidents and Losses
5 Squadron
A P-51 Mustang Mk IVA (KH-610) was reported missing during an operational mission; the pilot was a member of 5 Squadron.

1970
Aircraft Deliveries
C-160Z Transall: 334

1992
Accidents and Losses
17 Squadron (?)
An S-316 Alouette III (623), presumably allocated to 17 Squadron crashed in the Vereeniging area.

1993
Accidents and Losses
8 Squadron (?)
An Impala Mk 1 (535), presumably allocated to 8 Squadron, crashed in the Botsabelo area.

2005
Sorties
Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team
Operating PC-7 Mk II conducted show number 461 and 462 at Kroonstad.


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24 April

1941
Sorties
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew four intercepts (unsuccessful), two ferry flights, one Test Flight and two Gunnery Exercises.
Accidents and Losses
A Hurricane (282) belonging to 1 Sqn, was reportedly written-off after being shot-down by hostile ground-fire, in the area of “Jimma”. The pilot, Lt J Howitson was fatally wounded during this hostile action.

1942
General Information
Major le Mesurier was appointed as the new Officer Commanding, No 1 Fighter Squadron.
Accidents and Losses
An Airspeed (3545) stalled when landing at night at Kimberly, it was written-off.
A Fairey Battle (976) had reportedly been involved in an accident.

1943
Deployment and Allocation Updates
The remaining elements of 26 Squadron, embarked on-board the Llanstephan Castle, to Freetown to join the advance party that had arrived there on 15 April 1943.

1944
Accidents and Losses
A Bristol Beaufighter, was written off – two fatalities, no additional information available.
A Curtiss P-40D Kittyhawk (FX-632) allocated to 5 Squadron executed a forced-landing, the pilot was taken Prisoner of War.

1945
Deployment and Allocation Updates
35 Squadron received the first of 16 Short Sunderland GR.5 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
Accidents and Losses
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (MH544) allocated to 2 Squadron crashed due engine failure whilst in the circuit.
A P-51 (KH808) was shot-down, the pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft was an Mk IVA allocated to 5 Squadron.
A 22 Squadron Ventura (W-FP614) was written-off due to total Hydraulic Failure, it ran off the runway at Gibraltar.

1975
Aircraft Deliveries
Impala Mk II serial 1010.

1976
Deployment and Allocation Updates
4 Squadron deployed eight Impala Mk II aircraft to the operational area, it was the type’s first deployment to SWA.

1978
General Information
A Shackleton MR Mk 3, (1719) was withdrawn from service after reaching end of fatigue life.
Information Note
International Peace Talks to resolve the situation in South West Africa/Namibia continued, and the RSA accepted the list of Western proposals for a cessation of hostilities and implementation of UN Resolution 435. Unfortunately South West Africa PO did not accept the conditions!

2006
Sorties
The Air Force’s first Super Lynx 300 (ZK115/191) made its maiden flight at Yeovil, United Kingdom.


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25 April

1928
Accidents and Losses
A de Havilland DH9 (148) was written-off following an accident in the Parys area.

1940
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Hind (101 to 103)

1941
Sorties
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew six intercept missions (unsuccessful – ‘allied aircraft’) and two Gunnery Exercises.
51 Flight. A Ju-52 conducted an Air Support mission from Germiston to Nairobi.

1942
Accidents and Losses
An Airspeed Oxford (3444) was involved in a fatal accident when it reportedly lost control during final approach to Kimberly airfield.
Five Curtiss Tomahawk aircraft were lost due to various accidents: AM454; 2 Squadron; shot-down by Luftwaffe Bf-109 / AM475; 2 Squadron; shot-down by Luftwaffe Bf-109; pilot fatally wounded / AK354; 2 Squadron; shot-down by Luftwaffe Bf-109; pilot fatally wounded / and an n unidentified aircraft belonging to 5 Squadron.

1944
Accidents and Losses
A B-26 Marauder allocated to 12 Squadron crashed during an operational mission. The crew of six did not survive the accident.

1945
General Information
Four 1,000lb bombs inadvertently exploded almost destroying the 15 Squadron ammunition section.
24 Squadron flew their last operational Marauder sortie.
Accidents and Losses
A Baltimore (FW-608), allocated to 15 Squadron was written-off during an operational accident, there were three fatalities.
Three Supermarine Spitfires were written-off: RK907; 2 Squadron; shot-down by ground fire / PV260; 2 Squadron; Controlled Flight into Ground during Interdiction Mission / EN531; 3 Squadron; shot-down by ground fire.

1953
Accidents and Losses
A Harvard (7293) was involved in a fatal accident.

1976
Sorties
Eight Impala Mk II’s conducted various overflights as a ‘show of force’, over the following towns: Rooikop, Grootfontein, Ondangwa and Ruacana.

1980
Accidents and Losses
An Impala Mk II (1029) was hit by hostile ground fire during an Armed Tactical Reconnaissance mission in Southern Angola, fatally wounding the pilot Lt Pete Hollis.

1992
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating Impala Mk 1) conducted show number 232 at the opening of the 302 Forward Air Force Command Post ‘Museum’ in Port Elizabeth

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PostPosted: 26 Apr 2019, 11:09 
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26 April

1918
General Information
Samuel M. Kinkead, a South African pilot serving in the Royal Air Force and Royal Naval Air Service (World War 1,) was awarded the DSC Bar.

1921
General Information
No 1 Flight established at Zwartkop (OC Lt J. Holthouse), this was joined by a second flight in 1922 that formed the basis of 1 Squadron.

1940
Aircraft Deliveries
Hind (K6739, K6741 and K6813)

1941
Sorties
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew two Intercepts (unsuccessful), two Gunnery Exercises and two Test Flights.
Accidents and Losses
An 18-08 Lodestar, serial unknown (ex ZS-ATH c/n 2054) crashed at Wingfield. Three fatalities were reported.

1942
Accidents and Losses
A Curtiss Tomahawk (AN-456) allocated to 40 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident.

1945
Accidents and Losses
Two Supermarine Spitfires were written-off: MA706; 4 Squadron; during landing. / JL377; 7 Squadron; lost during operational mission; pilot: Prisoner of War.

1966
Accidents and Losses
A CL13B Sabre Mk.6 (353) crashed, fatally injuring Lt HA Day, in the Pilansberg area.

1976
Sorties
Eight Impala Mk II’s conducted various overflights as a ‘show of force’, over the following towns: Rooikop, Grootfontein, Ondangwa and Ruacana.

1979
Aircraft Deliveries
Impala Mk II serial 1060.

1990
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating Impala Mk 1) conducted show number 173 at Mykonos.

2002
Accidents and Losses
An Impala Mk II (1091), 85 Combat FS, written-off during a Low-Level Tactical training sortie, fatally injuring the pilot, Capt. Burmeister.


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Thanks for posting yesterday's info Dean. I got bogged-down in a long telephone call, just after posting it on the other site, copied the data to come here, and phone rang.
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He he, as long as it was nothing personal against the website. :lol:

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27 April

1941
Sorties
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew two Test Flights and ten unsuccessful Intercepts.

1942
Accidents and Losses
A Curtiss P-75 Mohawk (2552) suffered an engine failure after take-off, crashing close to the Durban airport.

1943
Accidents and Losses
A Hart (445) crashed after the ‘Very Pistol’ discharged in the cockpit (at Waterkloof) and subsequently destroyed by fire.
A Supermarine Spitfire (AB320) was abandoned over the Gulf of Hamamet. It belonged to 1 Squadron.

1944
Deployments and Allocations
44 Squadron started to receive its first Dakotas, in Cairo West (Egypt).

1945
Sorties
22 Squadron (based at Gibraltar), successfully conducted a ‘Contra-Ban’ Interdiction sortie, aimed at interdicting a ship, ‘M/V Monte Monjuich’ at position 34:40 North 09:58 West.

1976
Sorties
Eight Impala Mk II’s conducted various overflights as a ‘show of force’, over the following towns: Rooikop, Grootfontein, Ondangwa and Ruacana.

1978
Aircraft Deliveries
Impala Mk II serial 1052.

1981
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating Impala Mk 1) conducted show number 91 at Uitenhage.

1983
Sorties
Puma helicopters flew in a number of medical staff to a Landing Zone north of Ionde (Angola) in support of 32 Battalion’s Op DOLFYN.

1996
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating Impala Mk 1) conducted show number 337 at Johannesburg – Defence Force Day celebrations


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What was the last Silver Falcons are display to be conducted using Impala aircraft?

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H1017412 wrote:
What was the last Silver Falcons are display to be conducted using Impala aircraft?

Team 51 in September 1997.

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Dean wrote:
H1017412 wrote:
What was the last Silver Falcons are display to be conducted using Impala aircraft?

Team 51 in September 1997.


Thanks Dean


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28 April

1941
Aircraft Deliveries
Tiger Moth: 2203 to 2207; 2209 to 2213; 2215 to 2219; 2221 and 2222 (appreciated date)

1943
Accidents and Losses
A Tiger Month (2137), crashed in the Potchefstroom area, the pilot sustained fatal injuries.
A Curtiss P40D Kittyhawk allocated to 4 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident, the aircraft was shot-down during an anti-shipping mission.

1944
Accidents and Losses
A Harvard Mk III (7496) was written-off following a mid-air collision.

1945
Accidents and Losses
A Baltimore reportedly crashed, all three occupants sustained fatal injuries

1976
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Eight Impala Mk II’s conducted various overflights as a ‘show of force’, over the following towns: Rooikop, Grootfontein, Ondangwa and Ruacana.


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Dean wrote:
H1017412 wrote:
What was the last Silver Falcons are display to be conducted using Impala aircraft?

Team 51 in September 1997.


Echoing Spice but thanks!

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H1017412 wrote:
Dean wrote:
H1017412 wrote:
What was the last Silver Falcons are display to be conducted using Impala aircraft?

Team 51 in September 1997.


Echoing Spice but thanks!


Great, many regards from a Team 50 member, our busiest season ever was during SAAF 75.


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29 April

1936
Accidents and Losses
A de Havilland DH9 (133) was written-off following an accident in the Hartbeespoortdam area.

1940
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF
Hind (Serials: 105, 106, 113 and K6841)

1941
Aircraft Deliveries
Tiger Moth: 2137 (appreciated date)
Accidents and Losses
A Vickers Valencia was destroyed by enemy aircraft whilst on the ground.

1943
Accidents and Losses
A 24 Squadron, Boston was involved in a fatal crash landing on return from an operational; mission, it is likely to have been due to damage caused by hostile ground fire.
A Supermarine Spitfire (ER828), allocated to 1 Squadron was written-off during a formation take-off.

1945
Accidents and Losses
An Anson (6607) was written-off due to a ground incident (taxied too fast).

1976
Sorties
Eight Impala Mk II’s conducted various overflights as a ‘show of force’, over the following towns: Rooikop, Grootfontein, Ondangwa and Ruacana.

1987
Information Note (Border War)
The UNITA Chief of Staff met with a delegation of the SADF to discuss the military situation in Angola.

1988
Aircraft Deliveries
An Atlas Cheetah D (839) became the first ‘D’ aircraft to be delivered to 89 Combat Flying School, Air Force Base Pietersburg.

:arrow: The April 'pdf' and 'supplementary sections data' will most likely be completed only towards mid/end May, will send it with the May version of the 'pdf'.


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1911
Information Note (Aviation General)
The first successful South African aircraft was built by Frenchman Alfred Louis Raison, who had previously run a bicycle shop in Zeerust, Western Transvaal. Cecil Bredell of Johannesburg acquired a Jap V engine and commissioned Raison to design and build an air craft. Raison’s brother was employed at the Bleriot factory in France and the aircraft generally resembled the Bleriot cross-channel type, but was much lighter (181 kg as against 272 kg). It was a monoplane with a 9-metre wingspan, with a framework 8 meters long, and, to quote the Rand Daily Mail of 2 May 1911 ‘beautifully put together’. On 30 April 1911 it first flew at Highlands North, Johannesburg, piloted by Bredell.

1940
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF
Hind (Serials: 116 and K5478)

1943
General Information
No 43 Air School (Port Alfred): Order of Battle 37 x Oxford; 7 x Anson; 33 x Battle and 2 x Rearwin.

1945
Operations and Statistics
On conclusion of their operational deployment, 15 Squadron successful reported they had completed 3,428 combat missions during the preceding 18 month period.

1951
Accidents and Losses
An F-51 Mustang (313), allocated to 2 Squadron crashed whilst on an operational mission approximately 3nm east of Sinmak in Korea.

1958
First Flight – Aircraft
The first Buccaneer (pre-production aircraft) made its maiden flight in the United Kingdom.

1962
General Information
The option to purchase six Canberra aircraft expired in event that no contract was signed.

1975
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF
Impala Mk II serial 1014.

1976
Sorties
Eight Impala Mk II’s conducted various overflights as a ‘show of force’, over the following towns: Rooikop, Grootfontein, Ondangwa and Ruacana.

1979
Accidents and Losses
An Impala Mk II (1040) crashed in the Operational area (South West Africa).

1988
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating Impala Mk 1) conducted show number 145 at Brackenfell, - Southern Cross Fund.

1996
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating Impala Mk 1) conducted show number 338 at Swartkops – Chief of Air Force Farewell Parade.

2008
Aircraft Deliveries
The South African Air Force took delivery of its first Saab JAS-39 Gripen, Advanced Light Fighter Aircraft.


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